School Gardens: How to Start and Use Gardens for Teaching Curriculum

Join the Cabarrus Farm and Food Council for their March meeting about School Gardens with Doug Vernon, Extension Outreach Specialist at NC State University. The meeting is Thursday, March 14 from 6 to 8 pm at High Branch Brewing Company, 325 McGill Ave., Concord. Those who feel inclined are invited to bring a snack to share.

Sustainable Farming Film Event

If you missed the Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council’s Sustainable film showing in October due to the hurricane, here’s your chance to see clips from the film and listen to observations from Thomas Moore, CCFFC chair. Or come and see the film again and share your observations!

Concord Wildlife Alliance
Tuesday, March 5th at 6:15 – 8:00 p.m.
McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Rd.
There is no cost to attend

CCFFC–CSA Sign Up February 21

If you love fresh produce but don’t have the space or time for a garden, a CSA share is a great way to go! A CSA or Community Support Agriculture share provides the consumer with fresh food weekly from a local farmer for a set length of time, typically 12 weeks. The Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council’s February meeting is a wonderful opportunity to meet local farmers, to learn more about them and what they produce, and to purchase goods or a CSA share on the spot!

The meeting is Thursday, February 21st at an earlier time, 5 to 7 pm at High Branch Brewing in Concord. Come any time during that time frame to visit with: Barbee Farms, Coldwater Creek Farms, Dover Vineyards and Farm, Green Meadows Acres, Phoenix Farms (Succulents grown by Keaton Newton), and Street Fare Farms.

Even if you are not able to make the event, please take a second to share the event on your Facebook page, so we have as many attendees as possible to purchase CSAs from our farmer vendors. If you are attending, please also click “Going” on the event page.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Happy New Year and Upcoming January Meeting

Make a new year’s resolution to buy more local food! Join us for a panel discussion on Overcoming Barriers to Eating Locally Grown and Raised Food on Thursday, January 10th from 6 to 8 pm at High Branch Brewery, 325 McGill Ave. Panel members include: Lauren Hill, Horticultural Agent for Cabarrus County; Brent Barbee of Barbee Farms; Wade Holland of Piedmont Farmer’s Market; and Joe Rowland of Rowland’s Row Farm.

And mark your calendar for our February Meet the Farmers event, February 21st from 6 to 8 pm to learn more about CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).

Gift Ideas for Family and Friends Who Love to Garden

Rowan Cabarrus Community College offers from the first time the Family Food Garden Series, a series of 10 different one night classes designed for those who want to learn more about gardening and everything associated with it. Classes are:

  • From the Windowsill to the Garden: Starting Plants from Seed
  • A Cut Above: Pruning Fruit Trees for Better Health & Production
  • Where Can I Plant Tomatoes? Garden Planning for the Complete Beginner
  • The Family Food Garden: More Fresh Food from the Home Landscape
  • Good Neighbors: Companion Planting for a Healthier Garden
  • Something’s Eating My Plants–A Baker’s Dozen of the Most Common Garden Pests
  • Go Forth and Multiply: Plant Propagation
  • Good Soil: A Gardener’s Guide to Soil Testing
  • Leaves Make Great Tomatoes: Home Composting
  • An Apple a Day:  Fruit Plants for a Healthy Family

Registration is $25 per course. Classes are scheduled once a month on Mondays from 6:30-9:30 pm at Lomax Farm, Concord, NC.  For more details see RCCC website.

Your Invited: CCFFC Annual Holiday Party

CCFFC invites friends of the council to join us for our Annual Holiday Party, Thursday, December 13th from 6 to 8 p.m. at High Branch Brewing Company, Concord. Our friends from CFSA and Lomax Farm will be joining us as well. Please bring a dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing information on our 2019 first-quarter meetings.

Annual CFSA Sustainable Agriculture Conference

The Sustainable Agriculture Conference will be held Friday Nov. 9 through Sunday Nov. 11 in Durham, NC. The weekend is full of learning opportunities, with exciting events starting on Friday including half-day intensives and bus tours. Register before 10/17 to save $50. For more details visit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association website.

Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Lomax Farm Fall Workday – 10/13

You are invited to join others for a morning of community-building projects, including constructing raised beds, working in a pollinator garden, and helping renovate an outdoor meeting area. While you’re at Lomax, take a tour of the farm or take a walk along the trail next to Coldwater Creek. Minors do need to be accompanied by an adult.

Lomax will provide coffee, tea, and snacks in the morning. Immediately following the workday, you are also invited to enjoy a potluck lunch with Carolina Farm Stewardship staff, Lomax farmers, and other volunteers. Please bring your favorite side dish to share if you plan to stay.

Saturday, 10/13 from 9 am – 12 pm
Lomax Incubator Farm
3445 Atando Rd.
Concord, NC


Sustainable Film Screening October 11th

CCFFC is excited to announce their first-ever film screening. “Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it, and what must be done to sustain it for generations.” The film showcases agriculture issues facing farmers today such as soil loss and pesticide use, as well as communities coming together to overcome challenges. CCFFC, in partnership with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Agripreneur Academy & Network, Extension Master Gardeners of Cabarrus County, and Concord Wildlife Alliance, will host the screening on Thursday, October 11th at 5:30 pm at the Davis Theater, 65 Union St., Concord. Admission is free; however, preregistration is required at the link. There will also be a raffle at the event.